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Five Ravens worth watching at OTA's open to media

Five Ravens worth watching at OTA's open to media

The Ravens began OTA’s on Tuesday, but will hold their first workout open to the media on Thursday. While some key players are still rehabbing from injuries, here are five players expected to be on the field worth paying close attention to:

Dennis Pitta, TE – As he continues his comeback from a second serious hip injury, Pitta could cause a pleasant problem for the Ravens, who are well-stocked at tight end. If Pitta makes it back, how will playing time be divided among Pitta, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, and Ben Watson? That doesn’t even include Nick Boyle, who will start the season serving a 10-game suspension for his second PED violation. Figuring out who stays, and who plays, could be difficult.

Breshad Perriman, WR – He didn’t play a snap as a rookie, making Perriman’s 2015 knee injury one of the most disappointing developments of 2015. Perriman’s blow-by speed was impressive during OTA’s last year, before his injury on the first day of training camp. The Ravens need Perriman to trust his knee, and to stay healthy throughout the summer into Week 1.

Will Davis, CB – The Ravens traded for him last season, but he promptly tore his ACL in October. The starting spot at corner opposite Jimmy Smith is wide open, with Shareece Wright and Jerraud Powers among those vying for it. But if Davis is healthy again, don’t sleep on his potential to help the Ravens’ secondary.

Lardarius Webb, S – Making the full-time position switch from corner to safety presents a new challenge for Webb, entering his eighth NFL season. The Ravens are confident Webb has the ball skills and experience to make a smooth transition. But getting more reps under his belt this offseason is probably more important for Webb than in previous years.

Matt Elam, S – The Ravens declined to pick up the fifth-year option for Elam, a first-round pick in 2013. Making the roster is no guarantee for Elam, who missed the entire 2015 season with a torn triceps. If Webb is ever going to be a consistent contributor for the Ravens, it needs to happen quickly.

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.